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1:40 AM ET, October 4, 2008

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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Valleywag cuts 60 percent of staff  —  We would never sugarcoat someone else's layoffs.  Why ours?  Gawker Media, our publisher, has told me to cut Valleywag's costs, in anticipation of an advertising recession.  In response, I have laid off associate editors Nicholas Carlson and Jackson West and reporter Melissa Gira Grant.
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Nick Denton / Gawker:
Friday Is Always Black  —  Yes, it's true: Gawker's sibling sites are laying off 19 people.  This site is one of those that will be expanding.  The internal memo is after the jump.  Gabriel Snyder of W magazine will indeed be replacing me as managing editor and we are hiring two more reporters in short order.
Saul Hansell / Bits:   Gawker Cutbacks an Early Indicator of Ad Slowdown
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
SEC Examining False Report on Apple Chief Jobs  —  Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the origin of a false report on a CNN citizen journalist Web site that Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs had a heart attack and was hospitalized.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
SEC investigating false report on Steve Jobs heart attack
Discussion: ZDNet Government
Arnold Kim / Normalkid:   Citizen Journalism Not a Failure, Blogs a Failure?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Denies Steve Jobs Heart Attack Report: “It Is Not True”
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Amazon Kindle 2 e-books its way to BGR  —  Yes, people.  You're looking at the first shots of Amazon's Kindle 2.  The follow-up to their popular e-book reader.  Our ninja sent us a ton of shots, and we have to admit, they look pretty good.  The unit didn't go down too much in size which is unfortunate …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook Co-Founder Departs To Build “Extensible Enterprise Productivity Suite”  —  Rumors started to leak earlier today that Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz (right) and colleague Justin Rosenstein were leaving to start their own company.  —  Facebook has since confirmed the rumor to us …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz, star engineer quit
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
Facebook Co-Founder Moskovitz to Leave
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Apple:
About the security content of Apple TV 2.2  —  This document describes the security content of Apple TV 2.2.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.
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Apple:
Apple TV: About Apple TV software updates  —  Products Affected  —  Apple TV  —  Refer the table below for Apple TV Software Update 2.2 features:  —  How To  —  HD TV shows  —  Purchase the leading HD TV shows directly from the iTunes Store.  (US only)  —  Movie browsing by actor and director
www.hardwarezone.com Tech News:
ASUS Launches Fashion-Friendly Eee PC Model, S101  —  Taipei, Taiwan — ASUS launches the Eee PC S101, an exquisitely designed netbook for fashion forward individuals who view style as as much of a factor of success as substance.  The Eee PC S101 builds upon the industry-pioneering form factor …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoogle Delayed: Online Ad Partnership Being Scrutinized Further  —  Yahoo and Google have agreed to delay their online search advertising partnership to give the Justice Department more time to evaluate the deal.  —  A Yahoo spokesman confirmed the move in a statement …
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Sony goes after Kindle with new, touchscreen eBook reader  —  In a press event in New York City, Sony introduced a new model in its Reader line that it hopes will catch the attention of a public and electronics press that might be forgiven for thinking that Amazon's Kindle is the only game in the eBook town.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Latest iPhone Software supports full-screen Web apps  —  One unpublicized feature introduced by Apple's latest iPhone software updates is the ability save Web apps to the home screen and have them launch in full-screen mode without the Safari wrapper, essentially mimicking the experience of a native app.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft denies companywide hiring freeze  —  Microsoft on Friday said it is reviewing its hiring plans amid the economic uncertainty, but denied a report that it has instituted a companywide hiring freeze.  —  IDG News Service reported Friday that Microsoft had instituted a hiring freeze, citing a source who had seen a company memo.
Arn / MacRumors:
Fring Enables VoIP Calls Over Wi-Fi for iPhone with Skype Support  —  Fring has released the iPhone version of their service today as a free download in the App Store.  —  Fring allows you to chat and interact with others on a variety of networks including Skype, MSN, GoogleTalk, AIM, Yahoo, Twitter, and ICQ.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Zune services on Win Mobile = ‘Pink’  —  CEO Steve Ballmer reiterated this week that Microsoft has decided against building its own Zune phone.  (Chairman Bill Gates said the same thing back in January 2008, for those keeping score at home.)  —  Ballmer also noted this week that Microsoft …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Image Search Ads In The Wild, Looks Like They Need Work  —  Last May Google announced that it would begin experimenting with display ads on its popular Image Search, which it has largely been unable to monetize - in 2006 the company estimated that it was missing out on $200 million …
PBS:
Data Debasement: Cloud computing will change the way we look at databases.  —  Last week I was in Boston to moderate a panel at the MIT Technology Review's Emerging Technologies Conference — one of those tech shindigs so expensive I can only attend as hired help.
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile G1 Presale Delivery Update  —  Just a few days ago, the T-Mobile G1 went completely out of stock shortly after announcing its availability for pre-order.  We've just received information that the device is now back on pre-order status: … So, if you were distressed …
Discussion: Crave, Engadget and Gearlog
John Leyden / The Register:
Hackers exploit Neosploit to booby trap BBC, US postal service  —  200K login credentials found on crimeware server  —  Cybercrooks have used the latest version of Neosploit to booby-trap an estimated 80,000 legitimate sites with malicious code.  —  Victims of the attack include government …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Credit card processors finally get clue, will ban WEP  —  Companies that accept major credit cards will be barred from using WEP for their WiFi security, but not until mid-2010.  The rule is part of new security standards defined and released this week by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council …
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Key senators oppose DRM, ISP filtering in secret ACTA treaty
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Congressmen finally allowed on YouTube
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
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Phil Nickinson / WMExperts:
Touch Cruise updated to Windows Mobile 6.1
Discussion: IntoMobile and Boy Genius Report
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Right back at ya, CAPTCHA: bad guys crack Gmail, Hotmail
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